Derrick Rose is experiencing a rebirth with the Minnesota Timberwolves and he's playing some of the best basketball of his career. His reunion with former head coach Tom Thibodeau has done wonders for his game. Moreover, Rose's willingness to embrace a bench role has been critical in his success.
Rose is adapting so well to his newfound role off the bench that he has his sights set on some end of season hardware. The former MVP isn't talking about winning another most valuable player. But he believes he can bring home the Sixth Man of the Year award according to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“I would like winning sixth man of the year. I don’t think that’s anything bad to say or a bad goal with me coming off the bench. I want to be the best bench player. It’s just how I feel. If anything I think it’d help the team.”
It's an attainable goal for Rose even though it may have seemed like a ridiculous notion just one year ago. Rose is averaging 19.0 points and dishing out 4.4 assists per game off the bench. Rose was a volume scorer during the early part of his career, but now he's embracing efficiency.
Rose is shooting 48.6 percent from three-point range this season. That's nearly an 18 percent improvement over his career average. If Rose can keep up this level of efficiency, there's no doubt that he will find himself in the conversation for the Sixth Man of the Year.